of Montreal @ Webster Hall, NYC – April 30, 2011


More Photos HERE.
For those who know of Montreal might know them as a super flamboyant troupe that can round up a crowd of sweet smelling pretty girls and boys who lust after lead singer Kevin Barnes’ sexual copiousness. It wasn’t always this way, but as time went by members disbanded, got married, rehabilitated, and regrouped. In between, I guess you could say they found the voice they were looking for all those years. With over a decades worth of albums, of Montreal have traveled a lengthy journey to where they are now. Ten years ago you could listen to Kevin sing about fairies living life through an unconscious slumber (see album Coquelicot Asleep in the Poppies: A Variety of Whimsical Verse) and before that of Montreal was part of The Gay Parade. (The album is a personal favorite of mine, but it’s narrative style seems to be a bit much for newer of Montreal fans. I still say it would make for a great play). It wasn’t until their 2004 release “Satanic Panic in the Attic” that the pieces started to stay glued together, and the songs became more like a journal for Kevin Barnes’ personal afflictions and affections . Now, of Montreal are an unstoppable traveling circus, and you’d better hope you have tickets to the greatest show on earth when they come to your town, because it is a show not to be missed!

The show featured opening band Painted Palms, a dreamy synth-pop collective that started the night amidst yellow, green and blue lights. Their psychedelic bass thumping tunes from their current release Canopy will get you lost in the woods on a breezy summer afternoon right by a water fall, even in a hot stuffy music venue in New York City.

The follow up to this scene was quite the opposite. It began with the entrance of of Montreal aficionado and Kevin’s brother David Barnes revving up the crowd in a suit. This was followed by some scantily clad ladies in flesh-tone unitards, and men baring capes and colors of the American flag. The set started with the tune “L’age D’or” off their latest E.P. thecontrollersphere. “For Our Elegant Caste” followed as Kevin sang the first line “We can do it softcore if you want/but you should know I take it both ways”. It’s actually Kevin’s alter ego “Georgie Fruit” who is the protagonist in the story, not Kevin himself, but that doesn’t stop the girls and guys from screaming their heads off.

The theatrics continued through out the night as they performed songs mostly from Skeletal Lamping, and “False Priest”, with an interlude of “My Bloody Valentine” performed by drummer Clayton Rychlik. You name it, it was on the stage, Painted Palms even joined in for a few songs and skits. Some of the stagecraft includes lucha-libre stylized mask and wrestling matches, a reenacted wedding, men in nude big breasted costumes, pig faces, booty shaking girls (and boys), balloons, streamers, and that’s not even everything!

Even with all antics on the stage, they performed an unyielding set without missing a beat.
Towards the end of the encore Kevin threw on a mask and pinned down some opponents which was followed by members of the band crowd surfing. Finally, at the end of the show, multi-instrumentalist K Ishibashi performed “America the Beautiful” solo on the violin while the audience sang only to have it turn into an official hoedown on the stage moments later. Though the photos capture a play by play of the show, it is nothing compared to the spectacle everyone witnessed. Wherever this journey continues to take of Montreal, I will be right there with them, and from the looks of it they are going to continue to flourish no matter where it is the freak train drops them off. Perhaps I should invest in a feathered boa and some glitter huh?

Words and photos by Cienna Wills

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Meet Painted Palms


Painted Palms, who is Secretly Canadian’s newest member of the family, are causing quite the storm on the indie scene. The duo of cousins Reese Donohue and Christopher Prudhomme, have just released their debut EP, Canopy, that came out digitally on April 26th. Indie fans have been hopping on board to get a glimpse and a listen of these up and comers, so if you know what is good for you, check them out.

The EP will also drop June 21st on 12″ vinyl and it is infectious to say the least. Each song really brings something different to the table. Creating their own special brand of pyschadelic pop music that will have you dancing your ass off and craving more, you can currently catch the band on tour with of Montreal that just kicked off this week.
Check out the listings below as well as free track!

Canopy Tracklisting

1. All of Us 2. Water Hymn
3. Falling Asleep
4. Great White
5. Canopy

Painted Palms Tour Dates
Apr. 28 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club*

Apr. 29 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts*

Apr. 30 – New York, NY – Webster Hall*

May 01 – Boston, MA – Paradise*

May 02 – Montreal, QE – Metropolis*#

May 03 – Toronto, ON – The Phoenix*#

May 04 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues*

May 05 – Chicago, IL – The Vic*

May 06 – Omaha, NE – The Slowdown*

May 07 – Lawrence, KS – Liberty Hall*

May 08- Denver, CO – Bluebird*

May 09 – Salt Lake City, UT – In The Venue*

May 11 – Seattle, WA – Showbox Market*^

May 12 – Portland, OR – Roseland*

May 13 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore*^^

May 14 – Los Angeles, CA – Avalon*##

May 15 – Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre*

May 17 – Austin, TX – Mohawk*

May 18 – Dallas, TX – South Side Music Hall*

May 19 – Memphis, TN – Minglewood Hall*

May 20 – Atlanta, GA – The Buckhead Theatre*!

* with of Montreal

^ with Beat Connection

! with Modern Skirts

^^ with Hunx & His Punx

# with Braids

## with Nite Jewel

Painted Palms Sign With Secretly Canadian, Release EP, Tour Dates

Secretly Canadian, that flag ship of good indie music, would like to welcome the newest addition to their lineup – Painted Palms. In celebration of their recent signing, the label has released their debut EP, Canopy, as a digital download (here) and will release the vinyl version June 21st. The cousin duo of Reese Donohue and Christopher Prudhomme, expand to a quintet for live shows, which they will be doing with Of Montreal and others. Catch them on the road, and download the first track off Canopy, All of Us.

Apr. 28 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club*

Apr. 29 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts*

Apr. 30 – New York, NY – Webster Hall*

May 01 – Boston, MA – Paradise*

May 02 – Montreal, QE – Metropolis*#

May 03 – Toronto, ON – The Phoenix*#

May 04 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues*

May 05 – Chicago, IL – The Vic*

May 06 – Omaha, NE – The Slowdown*

May 07 – Lawrence, KS – Liberty Hall*

May 08- Denver, CO – Bluebird*

May 09 – Salt Lake City, UT – In The Venue*

May 11 – Seattle, WA – Showbox Market*^

May 12 – Portland, OR – Roseland*

May 13 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore*^^

May 14 – Los Angeles, CA – Avalon*##

May 15 – Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre*

May 17 – Austin, TX – Mohawk*

May 18 – Dallas, TX – South Side Music Hall*

May 19 – Memphis, TN –  Minglewood Hall*

May 20 – Atlanta, GA – The Buckhead Theatre*!

* with of Montreal

^ with  Beat Connection

! with Modern Skirts

^^ with Hunx & His Punx

# with Braids

## with Nite Jewel

Asobi Seksu Add Tour Dates With White Lies and Sun Airway

Asobi Seksu have announced a couple more tour dates, in case anyone got left out of the first round. This time, the group will be accompanied by Sun Airways and White Lies.

The band is still reveling in the positive critical glow that followed the release of their fourth album, Fluorescence, which came out February 15th via Polyvinyl. The album showcased the band’s familiar song and ever-growing songwriting skills.

The band has also had a couple of other musicians remix their tracks. You can hear Holy Other and Painted Palms remixes of the song “Trails” here.

You can check out Asobi Seksu at…

04/07 – Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY $

05/13 – Caradura – Mexico City

05/17 – Paradise Rock Club – Boston, MA *&

05/20 – 9:30 Club – Washington, D.C. *&

05/21 – Variety Playhouse – Atlanta, GA *&

05/24 – Antone’s – Austin, TX *

05/25 – Fitzgerald’s (Upstairs) – Houston, TX *

 

$ w/ Consortium Musicum (Greg Saunier of Deerhoof + Sean Lennon)

* w/ White Lies

& w/ Sun Airway

 

STRFKR Debuts “Julius” Remix, Readies National Tour


Portland-based STRFKR (now without vowels) have been hard at work in the studio for a while now, mastering their upcoming album for Polyvinyl.

Well, hard at work for most of the time. You can see some footage of the band in their studio below.

Now the vowel-less quartet has teamed up with upcoming artists Painted Palms for a remix of their song “Julius.”

You can listen to the original first…

STRFKR-Julius by John Grimley

Next comes the Painted Palms remix

STRFKR-Julius Painted Palms Remix by John Grimley

You can also catch STRFKR (with Octopus Project) out on the road this fall! Look for them…

STRFKR Tour Dates:
Sept. 23rd – Neurolux – Boise, ID
Sept. 24th – Kilby Court – Salt Lake City, UT
Sept. 24th – Urban Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT
Sept. 25th – Hi Dive – Denver, CO
Sept. 27th – Record Bar – Kansas City, MO
Sept. 29th – Juanita’s Cantina Ballroom – Little Rock, AK #
Sept. 30th – The Collective – Shreveport, LA #
Oct. 1st – Bottletree Cafe – Birmingham, AL #
Oct. 2nd – Drunken Unicorn – Atlanta, GA #
Oct. 5th – Local 506 – Chapel Hill, NC #
Oct. 6th – DC9 – Washington DC #
Oct. 7th – Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA #
Oct. 8th – Music Hall of Williamsburg – Brooklyn, NY #
Oct. 9th – Cafe Nine – New Haven, CT #
Oct. 10th – TT The Bears – Cambridge, MA #
Oct. 11th – Casa Del Popolo – Montreal, Canada #
Oct. 12th – Wrongbar – Toronto, Canada #
Oct. 13th – Garfield Artworks – Pittsburgh, PA #
Oct. 14th – Grog Shop – Cleveland Heights, OH #
Oct. 15th – Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL #
Oct. 16th – Triple Rock Social Club – Minneapolis, MN #
Oct. 19th – Neumos – Seattle, WA #
Oct. 20th – Roseland – Portland, OR #
Oct. 22nd – Great American Music Hall – San Francisco, CA #
Oct. 23rd – Echoplex – Los Angeles, CA #
Oct. 24th – Casbah – San Diego, CA #
Oct. 25th – Plush – Tucson, AZ #

# – w/ the Octopus Project